Can No Drama Obama Stare Down A Confederacy of Dunces? by Robert S. Becker + Network: Mad as Hell

By Robert S. Becker
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Sept. 16, 2009

Moderate voters are baffled, liberals are protesting, and progressives are despairing, “Obama’s a puny reform-change agent, hardly a good liberal, and no antidote to enduring Bush-Cheney crimes. The raving right can’t stand him, the activist left is up in arms, and the mushy center isn’t holding.” Yikes.

After my own bellyaching, I understand these outbursts, quipping this pragmatic, “devout non-ideologue” is tarnishing both pragmatism and devout non-ideology. How can “pragmatism,” work when devoutly allergic to risk-taking and inclined to “let’s make a deal” giveaways? Forget kinship with FDR or LBJ: here’s another naïve outsider Washington bullies pick on like the famed 90 lb. weakling. Without more chutzpah, Obama risks Clinton’s fate, set up as bulls-eye for every redneck pipsqueak brandishing his popgun? Obama’s vacant “yes, we can” call to now evokes for many Kris Kristofferson’s acerbic lyrics, “freedom’s just another name for nothing left to lose.” Could Professor David Michael Green possibly be right, “Eight months into it, it now seems pretty clear that the Obama Administration is finished”? So soon?

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Network (1976)

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Note: replaced videos Aug. 7, 2012

2 hr 1 min 12 sec – Apr 10, 2007

Network is an Academy Award-winning 1976 satirical film about a fictional television network named Union Broadcasting System (UBS) and its struggle with poor TV ratings. Director Sidney Lumet’s brilliant criticism of the hollow, lurid wasteland of television journalism where entertainment value and short-term ratings were more crucial than quality. Paddy Chayefsky’s black, prophetic, satirical commentary/criticism of corporate evil (in the tabloid-tainted television industry) is an insightful indictment of the rabid desire for ratings. Indignation toward the network executives by an unbalanced news-anchorman (Finch) (“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore”) is manipulated by ruthless VP programming boss (Dunaway) for further ratings. One of the film’s posters correctly proclaimed: “Television will never be the same.”

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Declare This An Emergency (video; must-see)

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Sept. 22, 2007

The Greatest Illusion ever.

So What Are You Going To Do About It?

Music by MUSE & Tchaikovsky
Network (MGM)
Battle at Kruger by Jason275 w/Alex Jones

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